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MONTHLY NEWS
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Bangkok,
01 October 2019
William R.  Morledge


October's Nightlife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: Nightlife Darts Scene
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #163



            Ever since the Hawaiian Islands became a get-away holiday destination there has been an active Night Entertainment Scene.   And as with any other city on the planet, the Night Entertainment in Honolulu self-segregated into 'uptown' and 'across-the-tracks'.   In Honolulu, the 'across-the-tracks' Nitespots tended to center around Chinatown.   As the world's 'Chinatowns' go, perhaps the first and seminal "Chinatown" (outside of China itself) was Honolulu's very own, having first been called by that name in 1870.   (Singapore and Penang the possible exceptions.)

Bar 35, although having an unnoticeably small sign, is one of the more popular old bars in Old Chinatown.

            Honolulu's Chinatown, however, had its growing-pains, and a number of times throughout its history it almost didn't 'make it through to the other side'.   It was decimated by the bubonic plague, and nearly burned to the ground - not once, but twice.   But its most severe 'ravaging' was at the hands of U.S. servicemen during and just after the Second World War.   During that time it became the focal point of Honolulu's red-light district, offering all that conceivably could be imagined - to include caves being re-purposed as underground (no pun intended) opium dens - oh, yes, they thought of everything.   ('Law-and-Order', as it was, was co-managed by head-busting Shore Patrol - Military Police joint-patrols, and the local cop shop),    Should you want to gamble, Chinatown was the Islands' gambling den (and was likely solely responsible for gambling -of any sort- being outlawed in the State).   As such, Chinatown was not Honolulu's 'Poster Child' for Night Entertainment, and it is no surprise the area's structures would eventually begin falling into disrepair.


            Chinatown's history is rich, complex and fascinating, and a full account of its often peculiar, often humorous twists and turns is far, far beyond the scope of this undertaking.   Nevertheless, while in recent times, enlightened Metropolitan management has endeavored to preserve much of its history, there are a few other less savory historical items which also cannot remain unreported :    > > >


            Rarely seen in Honolulu's history books, Smith Union was (for the uninitiated) not a Chinatown union.   It was a cluster of buildings overseen in its wildest days (out of a 75 year history) by a Madam Mamie Stover and had a sole purpose - to 'service the fighting man'.   Yes, you understood that correctly.   Smith Union employed on average 200 women from (so say uprighteous Hawaiians) 'The Mainland', who worked these brothels - taking home US$40,000 a year.   The mamasans (I guess they call them 'madams' here in Hawaii) made on average US$150,000 - or at least that's what their income tax returns said...   *Yes, they paid taxes on earnings - decades before Nevada ever thought of legalization of such activities...

A billboard in Chinatown provides an insight into the large and diverse Entertainment Scene.

            Nevertheless, when the ladies-of-the-evening at Smith Union began thinking that they were a 'Union', they got their heads together and began demanding $4 a pop (up from $3).   Management, of course, refused, and in August of 1942 they went on strike for 22 days.   The Police Chief finally had to step in and nip all that in the bud, stating firmly, "The price of meat is still $3."   The ladies did, however get the OK to roam outside the Chinatown area to ply their trade.


            Above, we noted that Chinatown survived the bubonic plague and two separate razings by fire.   The second, in 1900, was initially 41 separate 'controlled burns' started by the Honolulu City government to rid the suburb of the bubonic plague.   High winds took care of the rest, and after 17 days of holocaust, 38 acres of Chinatown were toast, accounting for the destruction of over 4000 homes. (Later, 14 additional, more closely monitored, fires were lit to clean up loose ends.) - And it worked ! - no more plague.


            Today, renovations and restorations continue; a part of Chinatown has even been designated the Historic Area.   A number of historic buildings are now designated 'heritage sites' complete with their own historic bronze plaques.   But there is more going on than just the city government stepping in : an equal amount of local entrepreneurial investment is going into refurbishing and opening new Nitespots and restaurants.   Honolulu's Chinatown is paralleling big-time Singapore's 'revitalization' of its Clark Quay / Singapore River areas.

Honolulu Metropolitan authorities have flipped the paradigm - they have employed a number of graffiti artists to create murals to 'liven up' (as opposed to cheapen down) the East Chinatown / Kakaako area - and it is working...   Next month Bangkok Eyes will give full coverage to this 'graffitification' (the local's term...) in our Graffiti section.

            While Chinatown won't eclipse the Night Entertainment Scene in and around Waikiki / Ala Moana any time soon (Ala Moana Shopping Center currently lists 30 Nitespots within the shopping area alone), it is rapidly gaining in popularity with the locals.   But (no surprise) visitors are also now 'discovering the scene'.   It is too early to say how far the Chinatown revitalization will go.   But should development stop in its tracks right this minute (it won't) Chinatown is already 'on the map' again, and visitors to these balmy shores should plan, at least once, to 'Get Down Tonight' when the sun goes down.

*  "Forget it, Jake.   It's Chinatown..."
                  -Chinatown

 

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WTF  BAR  IN  HUA  HIN ?
   READER :
   Hi Guys,   A friend of mine has been to Hua Hin recently and mentioned me the WTF Bar as being a great club.   Do you know where it is located and what kind of bar is it?   Thanks.

   MIDNITE HOUR:   
   Greetings and thanks for writing in.   On receiving your email, we realized that it had been two years since we had been to Hua Hin.   (Much too long).   Hua Hin has two major bar areas : Soi Bintabat (and surrounds), and Soi 80, (see our 2017 maps here <link>).   As of our last survey, we did not come across the WTF Bar, however it will most likely be found in one of these two areas, both of which are worth exploring.   Good luck on your quest.
THE  DET  5  -  ALIVE  AND  WELL

   READER :   
      Referenced last month's issue, yes, Sexy Night Det 5 (Soi 8) is still being 'hands-on' managed by Bob and Lek.

   MIDNITE HOUR:      
      Good news, to be sure.   Many thanks the confirmation.
'50-YEAR  ROUNDUP'  BRINGS  BACK  MEMORIES

   READER :
      I came across your Bangkok Eyes site again after a long time, and it brought back memories.   My first time to the 'Big Mango' was in 1999 or 2000 on a business trip, and was last there recently in 2016.   The articles on your site, like the '50-year roundup' <link> in 2019, are quite informative.   I will doubtless be spending quite a few hours going through selected archived articles, and area maps.

   MIDNITE HOUR:
      Many thanks for the support.   We find that a large percent of our readers are previous visitors / residents now living outside of Thailand.   We hope to create a permanent archive of Bangkok's 'ongoing Nightlife history'.
DOWNLOADING  US  -  USEFUL  TRICKS

   READER :   
      I still love your site, tell everyone there to keep up the good work!   One thing though; I don't have Internet service at my apartment and I don't like to use my smartphone to view your monthly blog (very small screen to view very big subject).   What I normally do is save an instance of your webpage as a single archive file in MS Internet Explorer.   I then carry to my place on a thumb drive and download it from there.   Since you copy protected the pics, I can download a file but the images are gone when I download to my computer.

   MIDNITE HOUR:
      This (and similar queries) is/ are becoming a FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) - since last month when we put reminders up that Copyrighted material is not in the Public Domain.   -Note- we, however, do recommend downloading for personal use - as also explained last month.   (Or write to us, and we can send individual photos for personal not-for-profit use).   The easiest way to make a copy of Bangkok Eyes site is to highlight the entire site, or part that you want to copy, with the mouse.   Then right click and select 'Copy'.   'Then Paste' this into an email to yourself and send it.   Make sure you have first configured your browser & email (Gmail, Yahoo, Internet Explorer, etc.) to specifically allow for downloading of photos / graphics, as this is not a 'default' setting on many platforms.   This, then, can be copied by whatever means you are using to get it onto your memory stick.
DARTS  -  COMES  OF  AGE  -  PART  2
The above photos of Howie were submitted by him, who we regret to report, is wandering through the streets in Jesus-sandals, the kind with tire-tread soles, a tattered Reyn-Spooner Hawaiian shirt and a backward-pointing MAGA baseball cap.   ...No wait, that's me...   Howie, on the other hand, pens the world's primo English language Internet boxing column, bar none, and haunts high places in Las Vegas. Copyright : DartsThailand.com.

   READER :   
      Couldn't sleep so up at 3:15 a.m. to check out Midnight Hour.   Saw that my short question on Trink got answered.   You mentioned the first Thailand Darts Open 1984.   I missed that but played in Thailand Open II in 1985.   A gentleman named Bill Marsden was behind it providing the money.   It was held at the best hotel in Pattaya with less than 30 people.   Bill would die in 1985 after closing "Yow Coffee Shop" on Soi City Hall (Pattaya) which is now Soi 6.   Bill's wife "Yow" was an excellent dart player and, with Suree Bizell, made frequent trip to the USA to play.   Those tournaments were run by Dave Bizell and Tom Penn who were military advisor's assigned to the US Embassy in Bangkok.   The other photo, below, is of our four person team - me in front (but of course), the late Dick Park (Phoenix, Arizona), Richard Halewyck (a Frenchman, who at the time owned Net Bar in Pattaya, and now lives in Mācon, France, where he judges wine tastings), and the late BJ (Bobby Joe) Clark who passed away a few years ago living in Southern California.   The above photos are from the last Thailand Open I attended and ran in 2010.   Knew you'd like the attire - more class than Pattaya deserved.   Oh yes, and I got stiffed for my fee...



   MIDNITE HOUR:
      Really appreciate your writing in - this is a seamless continuation of our last month's write-up on the beginnings of 'darts in Thailand' - which we confess we have ignored for far too long...   Many of the long term residents and returnees to these shores will recall the colorful characters in your missive and photos.   As the contributor noted last issue, the 'darts scene' provided many an expat the opportunity to see Thailand's Night Entertainment in much greater scope (not that they didn't do their share of prowling when they weren't playing darts...).
Thanks for reading and for writing in.
Don't hesitate to send your questions and comments - always welcome.
Note: Text may be edited for brevity and/ or clarity.


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BANGKOK EYES
Let the October 2019 Follies  begin-

 PATPONG  1  
MAP
            Last month Shenanigans put out the word that their Flares Disco had their 'soft opening'.   We faithfully went down, and saw the wraps had come off the new Nitespot, and it appeared to be fully decked out ready to do battle, but... the doors were locked.   We saw no signs indicating hours of operation, no signs up saying they were hiring staff.   Well, OK, give them the benefit of the doubt.   But that was a month ago, this is now - and we have seen no change.   The doors are still locked - and we see no signage indicating they are open.   If and when it opens, really opens, we'll give you a come-back.

 PATPONG  1 

            The gay Sweet Bannana, having opened its doors only in April of this year, have already tanked.   They were closed up like Alcatraz when we passed by the other evening.   It seems the boy bars are not doing well on Patpong 1, however they seem to have carved out a piece of Patpong 2, and apparently are doing well.
 PATPONG  1 

 PATPONG  2  
MAP
            Because the 2nd level Shenanigans Sports Club can be accessed by a small spiral staircase from Shenanigans Pub, we assumed it was an adjunct to the pub itself.   Nope, it is a separate Nitespot, and the entrance is on the other side of the building, and most easily accessed from Patpong 2.   On another note, seeing all those blue pool tables, we couldn't help but wonder if they were left-overs from the Red Parrot from a few years ago....   May they continue to roll.
 PATPONG  2 

 SOI COWBOY  
MAP
            "Welcome To Fabulous Deja Vu Club", says the sign, (if you read all the fine print), but we just say, "Deja Vu".



     The Door Art Of The Month goes to Deja Vu this month - the 'Big, Bold, Distinctive' Las Vegas-style neon is typical of Cowboy's big bars..

 SOI  COWBOY 

 NANA  PLAZA  
MAP
            Not much going on in Nana Plaza since the flash opening-closing of New Voodoo over the last 2 months.   Which, by the way, where the New Voodoo sign was previously nailed up - is now a very conspicuous black space.   Hmmmm...    A pic 'For The Archives'.
 NANA  PLAZA

 SOI  NANA  
MAP
            The tiny Lannana has sprung from its crypt after a month's absence.   -But with a change: it was a lounge bar, and now it is a bar / snack bar (but still keeps few lively hostesses) (?).   Welcome them back to the neon jungle...
 SOI  NANA 

            The Starlight Bar has rung up its last 'check-bin' - if those on the street know what they are talking about.   They were located on the ground floor of the Rajah Hotel outbuilding.   Hey, look on the bright side, maybe they found a way out from under it all...   It doesn't look like there are any new tenants rushing in to fill the void...   There is a lot of vacant real estate in the Rajah compound, and the place has not been filling up with shops and bars - some say the Rajah has unrealistic expectations regards the value of their rental units...   
 SOI  NANA 

 SOI  KATOEY  
MAP
            The Balcony has for some time had an actual 2nd level balcony which they were using for their The Balcony Karaoke.   Now they have a sign saying so...
 SOI  KATOEY 

 SOI  22  
MAP
            The Dive Massage has taken over lock, stock and KY from the Sensual Massage.   May they continue to slip and slide.   Located deep in the Lemongrass sub-soi just past the Marriott Hotel.
 SOI  22  

            The NangMery Massage & Coffee has taken over the reins of the very-short-lived Big Man Bar & Cafe.   Well, at least it appears they salvaged the coffee pot...   We wonder if the NangMery is any relation to the old NokMery's that populated Cowboy Annex and then Queen's Park Plaza?   May the NangMery be dealt all aces and faces...
 SOI  22  

            Gone, but not gone, The Connection Bar was just taking a short holiday last month, but now they are back, pedal to the metal.   Y'all can come back now...
 SOI  22  

            What was originally Miss BJ Massage became Miss BS Massage.   Last month it also went down the drain, only to be replaced by Miss Beauty.   (Its still a 'massage' - at least in part.)   Welcome to the Big Uphill.
 SOI  22  

            The Thai Candy Massage has been absorbed by its next door neighbor, Absolute Bangkok Massage.   Located in Sub-soi Hana (the second small soi past the Marriott..)   Just more Musical Chairs in these back sois... the massage parlor names change monthly...
 SOI  22  

            The Longhorn BJ Bar & Massage is nearing completion in Sub-soi Lemongrass .   They should be fully operational by month's end...   We'll keep an ear to the ground, and get back atcha.
No Photo Available
 SOI  22  

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  
MAP
            Veteran soi-crawler (now semi-retired) Joe H. (you know who you are) was first off the mark - the first to 'put a label on' a relatively new Nighttime phenomenon - "The Instagram Girl".   Below is our mutilated recollection of his revelations...
Oh, those 'Instagram Girls' !
ITS THE  NEW  MOTHER  NATURE  TAKING  OVER *


            "Soi 11 is becoming a real 'Party Soi'.   The Oskar being a prime example - it has a goodly number of lady customers, to include its fair share of those recently-minted semi-riep-roy part-time up-market freelancers, looking for that well-heeled farang that will take them to Singapore or elsewhere for a few days.   They stay in nice hotels, and go to nice places, all the while providing opportunities for those "Instagram Moment" selfies in the Shangrila Hotel gardens, etc, etc, that they post up to their girlfriends - and the rest of the world..."

* Credits, somewhat out of context, to "The Guess Who", of course

            Last month we noted that the Market Rooftop was about to open. This month they are open and serving beer and food, and what-else...   Located upstairs (2nd level) at the Hemingway.   Welcome them to partytown.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The Yadong Potion bar beer has taken over the reins from the Ice Bar (formerly and originally The Vagabond).   Welcome to the trail of tears...   Located at the end of Soi Havana Social.   BTW, if you are new to these alluvial plains, feel free to drink their booze, but you would do well to avoid their ya dong...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  QUEEN's  PARK  PLAZA 
MAP
            Nutz & Booze, the tiny bar beer adjacent to the Baan Beer is no more.   The Baan Beer knocked the dividing wall out and expanded into their digs.   With all the expanding and renovating the Baan Beer is doing, its almost like they hadn't heard all the renewed rumors of impending closure of the QPP...   Come to think of it, we haven't heard much about it this month, either...   Hmmmm..
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The White Bar, unquestionably the best bar beer in the QPP has pulled the plug.   Greener grass, ladies...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  
MAP
            The 33 Club, closed for a couple of months now, remains in darkness, but we did notice some furious daytime renovations going on.   We don't want to get out ahead of our headlights on this - definitely a "wait-and-see" item...
 SOI  DEAD   ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33) 

 SOI  EDEN 
MAP
            The Y'Not Bar & Restaurant has been 'on-and-off' since they opened.   This time around, it's a permanent 'off' - as it has become a local open-fronted eatery, we shall be dropping it from our rolls.
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

 OTHER NITESPOTS OF INTEREST
            If anyone can tell us why a group of Egyptians would be soliciting contributions for scholarships in front of a Sukhumvit Road massage parlor, please let us know...
Sukhumvit, My Sukhumvit...
...THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD.....


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 SUKHUMVIT  ROAD  NEAR  SOI  7 


 

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A PAGE FROM Bangkok's NIGHTSCENE HISTORY....

20 YEARS AGO

October

With thanks to Cool Text -cooltext.com

Bangkok Eyes goes back in time to see
Who was New - And Who was Through
in the Expat Night Entertainment World
How many of these old 'Oases'
Do you remember ?

Patpong I
October 1999

   *  The King's Castle II was closed for renovations.   It is still at that location today.

   *  The open-sided live music venue Muzzik Cafe opened newly.   It is still at that location today.



Patpong 2
October 1999

   *  No changes that month / year.


Soi Cowboy
October 1999

   *   The Dubbel Dutch opened newly in the just-closed Big Blue 1.   (How many of you long-term residents and long-time return visitors remember either of those two bars?)   Those digs are currently home to Fanny's.


Nana Plaza
October 1999

   *   The second level open-fronted Beer Conner Pub Karaoke (sic) 'closed its doors'.   Today Straps occupies those premises.


Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
October 1999

   *  Body Star Pub & Restaurant, while remaining open, was no longer a pub or a restaurant.

   *  The Japanese Nitespot Edoya closed.   Today those digs are occupied by The Adam massage.

   *  The long-running Helene's Place closed its doors for renovations.   Today those digs remain unoccupied.


Buckskin Joe Village
(~ December 1988  to  December 2006)
(Also known -originally- as Tobacco Road or Soi Rot Fai or, 'The Tracks', and later as Machim [Thai] and Soi Zero)
October 1999

   *    The U & I Bar closed for renovations.

   *    Species Bar & Internet opened newly next door to yet another 'new bar beer' yet unnamed.


Washington Square
(~ April 1999  to  April 2014)
October 1999

   *  No changes that month / year. -


"Clinton Plaza"
(Was ''Entertainment Plaza'')
[ February 1999  to  May 2003 ]

October 1999

      *   Tonwa Bar - NEW
    (ex: Porn Tory)    - Against main bldg.-  


''13 Night Market'' Entertainment Area"
(Was 'Old Thermae Compound')
[ October 1999 - February 2005 ]

October 1999

      *   "Snooker" - NEW

      *   ('An unnamed bar beer') - NEW






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VICARIOUS ART CRIMES   #163


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But is it ....ART ?



Check out Bangkok's dedicated page at "BKK Graf.com" <link>



GRAFFITI IN THE NEWS



We note the dual Copyright on the photo - artist & photographer.   Well done...

       This is an "Almost Rags-To-Riches" story - 'Stik' started his graffiti days and nights in 2001 operating out of a London hostel for the homeless, dodging the authorities while he spraycanned and brushed his unique style of vandalism onto London's public and private surfaces.   

Obviously this is not the work of local midnight vandals - public murals posing as 'graffiti' are at once attractive (at least, much of the time), and slightly pretentious - as they attempt to 'cash in' on the 'edginess' that connotes actual graffiti.

       Stik's original spray can outings were largely confined to his home territory of Hackney (East London), during which time he honed his unique artistic style, which would, of course, include the adoption of 'socially conscious' themes - not uncommon among graff artists past and present.   

The mini-mural of the sleeping child at a local London hospital has received much acclaim.

      As time passed, he found that some of those chasing after him were not trying to arrest him for vandalism, but instead, commission him to paint murals.   Many of these commissioned pieces were not only outside of Hackney, but outside of England - patrons were paying him to travel abroad to put up his unique stick figure murals.   This meant, 'hard money'; this meant no more homeless-hostel living...

A typical example of a Stik mega-mural in an urban setting.

      But, as they say, "Business is business"...   While Stik refuses to talk about his earlier life on the street, or to take off his dark glasses, he is now an entirely commercial enterprise-of-one (although to retain street-cred he also claims to throw up the occasional 'unauthorized' piece).   He has even adopted the full-blown artsy-fartsy bloviatings of the 'artiste'; "The dots (I use) for eyes show the vulnerability of the human condition...".   Hey, whatever puts food on the table....

      Life has been good for Stik, and not only by way of his commissioned non-aggressive stick figures which currently dot the urban landscapes of our planet.   He now has his own studio in his hometown where he teaches youngsters the ways of 'graffiti art' (and, perhaps, how to monetize it...).   And has aligned himself with a number of graff organizations and art galleries.   His most recent piece brought in a whopping £150,000 at auction (Watch out, Banksy!), and he (and his works) have been featured in a number of mainstream publications.   ...Goes to show you never can tell...



Bangkok Eyes is an historically based news outlet, and as such, all graphic excerpts herein are considered, under current legal precedents and
prevailing interpretations, 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.   Copyright of any original artwork and photographs resides exclusively with the creators.





With thanks to Cool Text.com

Graffiti #1123
The Corner Kiosk
7 ft high x 3 ft


Graffiti #1124
Son Of Krusty
8 ft high x 10 ft


Graffiti #1125
Fat-Bathtub Tag
7 ft high x 16 ft


Graffiti #1126
A Spanky Shot
6 ft high x 12 ft


Graffiti #1127
Freedom's Bars
11 ft high x 11 ft


Graffiti #1128
Hunting Raptors
12 ft high x 11 ft (top+lower)


Graffiti #1129
Red Baron's Boy
6 ft high x 6 ft


Bangkok Eyes is an historically based news outlet, and as such, all graphic excerpts herein are considered, under current legal precedents and
prevailing interpretations, 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.   Copyright of any original artwork resides exclusively with the artists.

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   The
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Graffiti Page is prepared by Staff Contributor "Boge" Hartman.


(Boge's photo, above, is not a graffiti per-se, although there are those who have insinuated....
- Ed)




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- 2015 -
01 JAN -    A Go-Go Bar Ratings
01 FEB -    Are Cops Gouging Nitelifers?
01 MAR -   Bad Company
01 APR -    LK Metro - Pattaya
01 MAY -    Soi 33 goes East
01 JUN -    Rachada Fades
01 JUL -    Freelancers
01 AUG -    Nana Plaza Map 2015
01 SEP -    Soi Nana Map 2015
01 OCT -    Walking Street - Pattaya
01 NOV -    Rachada - The Giant
01 DEC -    A Go-Go's Story

- 2014 -
01 JAN -   Bangkok's Got The Blues
01 FEB -   Soi 26 - Stayin' Alive
01 MAR -    Nightscene rues Mob
01 APR -    My Friend owns a Bar...
01 MAY -    Soi's 3, 5 and 7
01 JUN -    Curfew's Costly Cut
01 JUL -    Soi 13 Makes It's Move
01 AUG -    Pattaya Does The Twist
01 SEP -    Soi's 18 & 20 - Quieter is Better
01 OCT -    Soi's 10 & 14 - Lesser known Sois
01 NOV -    A Good Old Boy...
01 DEC -    Lang Suan & Sarasin

- 2013 -
01 JAN -    Not Fade Away - The Survivors
01 FEB -    Rare Old Photos
01 MAR -   Copa Reprise
01 APR -    Arise, Soi 22
01 MAY -    Where to Next ?
01 JUN -    Bangkok Noir
01 JUL -    MAPS - The Major Update
01 AUG -    Lamai Lamai Lamai
01 SEP -    Tim 'Wanchai' Young
01 OCT -    Soi Wall Street
01 NOV -    Little Thonglor - Soi 11
01 DEC -    Mississippi Queen

- 2012 -
01 JAN -    Mama-San
01 FEB -    Our 10th Anniversary Issue !
01 MAR -    How Gay Nana ?
01 APR -    Sukhumvit' Soi 23 - The Big Picture
01 MAY -    Khao San Road - Unique Bazaar
01 JUN -    Ekamai - It Used To Be Too Far
01 JUL -    Nightlife Pioneers
01 AUG -    The New Puritans
01 SEP -    Nana - On It's Own
01 OCT -    FAIL - War on Nitespot Drugs
01 NOV -    Patpong Unbroken
01 DEC -    Drugs & the Nightscene in History
- 2011 -
01 JAN -    Patpong's 'Glory Days'
01 FEB -    Nightlife In A Digital Age
01 MAR -    Co-Co Walk Plaza
01 APR -    Soi 33 Decemberes On
01 MAY -    Nightlife Permissiveness
01 JUN -    Ghosts of Nitelife Past
01 JUL -    STATE - The Cinema, Soi & Area
01 AUG -    Soi Darling
01 SEP -    Sri Nakarin South
01 OCT -    Soi 8 Reprise
01 NOV -    Floodless in Bangkok
01 DEC -    Soi Udomsuk

- 2010 -
01 JAN -    Street Bars II - The Triple-Dip
01 FEB -    Our Kind Of Art - II    - Chris Coles
01 MAR -    The Dead Artist Bars - Soi 33
01 APR -    "Soi Ginza" - Thaniya Road
01 MAY -    Night Scene Blues (Red Shirts 1)
01 JUN -    Nitespots Recover Slowly (Reds 2)
01 JUL -    World Cup Special
01 AUG -    Those Old Photos
01 SEP -    The German Invasion
01 OCT -    Racism & Prejudice
01 NOV -    Soi 11 Revisited
01 DEC -    Soi 22 Updater


- 2009 -
01 JAN -    The Santika Fire
01 FEB -    Salt & Pepper
01 MAR -    Nana Plaza - Update & Maps
01 APR -    Soi Nana Update
01 MAY -    The Nightscene & The Riots
01 JUN -    "19" Re-Focus
01 JUL -    Rain Dogs - The Underground
01 AUG -    Soi Thonglor - A bridge-too-far
01 SEP -    Ban Chang - Our Little Secret
01 OCT -    The "Ginza Effect'
01 NOV -    Royal City Avenue (RCA)
01 DEC -    Sutthisan & The Inthamara's

- 2008 -
01 JAN -    2007 - Looking Back
01 FEB -    Owning A Bar
01 MAR -    Expat's Bangkok
01 APR -    Nude Dancing
01 MAY -    After Midnite
01 JUN -    Night Scene In Flux
01 JUL -    Our Kind Of Art
01 AUG -    Trendy Plaza Reprise
01 SEP -    The Elephants Are ....Back
01 OCT -    Grand Prix Intro
01 NOV -    Grand Prix - Rick's Story
01 DEC -    "Old Bangkok Hand"

- 2007 -
01 JAN -    Bombs Blast Bangkok
01 FEB -    Bangkok's Nightscene Websites
01 MAR -    Prasitipol Dance Bar To Fall
01 APR -    Soi 5 Neon Review
01 MAY -    A Go-Go Bangkok
01 JUN -    Arise ! Soi 11
01 JUL -    Anatomy Of A Bar Area
01 AUG -    Soi 26 - Too Far ?
01 SEP -    Chuwit Guilty
01 OCT -    Daytime Nana Plaza
01 NOV -    Cowboy - All Of It
01 DEC -    Another Nitespot Area Falls

- 2006 -
01 JAN -    Pattaya Ascending
01 FEB -    A Go-Go Then & Now
01 MAR -    ' Madrid '
01 APR -    White Heat
01 MAY -    Politics & Nightlife
01 JUN -    Fagin's Bratpack
01 JUL -    King Bhumibol's 60th Anniversary
01 AUG -    Soi 10 - The Final Shaft
01 SEP -    Pattaya's Soi Bua Khow
01 OCT -    Rachada's Other Face
01 NOV -    Soi 22s Other Bars
01 DEC -    Soi Eden Goes A Go-Go

- 2005 -
01 JAN -    Asoke Plaza Crushed
01 FEB -    The 'Nana Scene'
01 MAR -    Asoke Plaza Smashed Again
01 APR -    Sukhumvit 1 Plaza 'Arrives'
01 MAY -    Welcome 'Soi Eden'
01 JUN -    Bangkok's Bareback Riders
01 JUL -    Soi 22 - A Macro View
01 AUG -    Nana's Slide
01 SEP -    Cowboy Street Scene
01 OCT -    The Pattaya Run
01 NOV -    Soi 19 In Focus
01 DEC -    Bad Girls

- 2004 -
01 JAN -    Bangkok's Darkest Year
01 FEB -    Where Is trink ?
01 MAR -    Soi 33 Just Won't Stop
01 APR -    Cracks In The Crackdown
01 MAY -    In The Zone
01 JUN -    "Night-Scene Jumbos
01 JUL -    Easy Square 'On The Map'
01 AUG -    Soi 1 Entertainment Plaza
01 SEP -    Khlong Toey Revisited
01 OCT -    Koh Samui's Night Scene
01 NOV -    Soi 1 Opens
01 DEC -   The Bangkok Pub Scene

- 2003 -
01 JAN -    Cowboy Crackdown
01 FEB -    Sukhumvit Square Smashed
01 MAR -    Soi 10 Survivors
01 APR -    War & The Night Scene
01 MAY -    Entertainment Blues
01 JUN -    '13 Night Market' Reborn
01 JUL -    Clinton Plaza Falls
01 AUG -    Soi 24 Nightscene Review
01 SEP -    Does Soi Nana Measure Up?
01 OCT -    Patpong - Legend & Myth
01 NOV -    Easy Square 'Launched'
01 DEC -    Soi Cowboy Urine-Swoop

- 2002 -
(OUR 2002 TEST COLUMNS :)
01 FEB -    January: Big Changes In Bar Scene
09 JUN -    Sukhumvit Square 'Explosion'

(OUR REGULAR COLUMNS BEGIN :)
20 JUN -    Soi 22's Queen's Park Plaza
01 JUL -    Clinton Plaza - Already Dead?
01 AUG -    Bar Beers Now "Major Players"
16 AUG -    July: Bar Beers Gaining Ground
01 SEP -    A Go-Gos A-building
17 SEP -    Virtual Bars
01 OCT -    A History In The Making
01 NOV -    Pool Bars Come Of Age
01 DEC -    November's Night Follies
15 DEC -    Genesis: Sukhumvit's Night Scene


01 JAN -    Seminal Survey -Paradisio Closes
- 2001 -

01 JAN -    Baccara opens in Cowboy
01 FEB -    Club Habanos Closes - PP1
01 MAR -    farang Connection Closes - Nana
01 APR -    Rock Hard BB Open - Clinton Pl.
01 MAY -    Las Vegas Opens - Cowboy
01 JUN -    'Wall Street' Opens - Soi 33
01 JUL -    Vixens Closes - Nana
01 AUG -    6 A Go-Go's Shut - Clinton Pl.
01 SEP -    Pussy Collection Opens - PP1
01 OCT -    Girl Friend Closes - PP1
01 NOV -    Rainbow III Opens - Nana
01 DEC -    White House Reopens - Clinton Pl.


- 2000 -

JAN -    'Cowboy Annex' Starts Up
FEB -    Agogo 2000 new at Nana
MAR -    Flowers - Clinton's 1st A Go-Go
APR -    Angel Witch new at Nana
MAY -    Dubliner now at Washington Sq
JUN -    Coco Loco opens at Clinton Pl.
JUL -    Bottoms Up new at Nana
AUG -    Crack House opens at Clinton Pl.
SEP -    Doll House / White House open at Clinton
OCT -    Rock Hard to open at Clinton Pl.
NOV -    Big Dogs opens at Nana
DEC -    Lolita opens in Cowboy Annex

- 1999 -

JAN -    Masquerade Closes @ Nana
FEB -    "Entertainment Plaza" Start-Up
MAR -    SuperStar is PP SuperBar !
APR -    Washington Square goes Critical
MAY-    New Klymaxx closes (Cowboy)
JUN -    'Wet Lips opens (Cowboy)
JUL -    Sam 2000 opens (Cowboy)
AUG -    Monica's opens (Clinton Plaza)
SEP -    Muzzik Cafe open on PP1
OCT -    No Probl'm now Cat's Meow
NOV -    Titty Twisters opens at Nana
DEC -    Londoner Brew Pub new on Soi 33
- 1998 -
JAN -    Nancy Bar opens on Floor 2, Nana
FEB -    Tabasco Charlies opens - (NEP)
MAR -    Cowboy 2 is a 'Pizzaria' - Soi Cowboy
APR -    New A Go Go Duck opens - Cowboy
MAY -    Raw Hide opens on Cowboy
JUN -    Para Disio opens - Floors 2 & 3 - NEP
JUL -    Patpong Cafe opens - PP2
AUG -    'Funny Girls' becomes 'Girlfriend' - PP1
SEP -    Masquerade opens on 3rd Floor - NEP
OCT -    Virgo opens on Cowboy
NOV -    Obsession, Beverly Hills, Red Lips open
DEC -    Lucifer Disko Tk opens atop Radio City

- 1997 -
JAN -    'Hot Rods' opens @ Nana
FEB -    Crazy Lady closes (Nana)
MAR -    3 Lounges closed - 'The Ramp'
APR -    Blue Sky Bar closes - PP1
MAY -    Crackdown at Nana
JUN -    Crystal Palace opens - PP2
JUL -    Limelight closes - PP1
AUG -    Rainbow II opens @ Nana
SEP -    Cowboy's Butterfly Gone
OCT -    Shadow drops Crazy Jack (Cowboy)
NOV -    Hollywood 2 now on 3rd Floor (NEP)
DEC -    Susies opens @ Buckskin Joe Village
- 1996 -
JAN -    Shooters opens on 3rd Floor (NEP)
FEB -    XTC Closes, then Reopens (NEP)
MAR -    Tapas back on line (Soi Katoey)
APR -    Long Gun expands (2X) [Cowboy]
MAY -    Apache reopens on 'The Boy'
JUN -    Pink Panther "upstairs" closes
JUL -    Iconic Mile's Place gone...
AUG -    Upstairs Touch Bar closes (PP1)
SEP -    Pharaoh opens in NEP carpark
OCT -    Spirit House opens in NEP
NOV -    Crazy Lady opens in NEP
DEC -    Long Gun 2 opens (now Rawhide)

- 1995 -
JAN -    PP1 Butterfly Closed
FEB -    Camelot Castle Opens
MAR -    NEPs Bubble Gum gone...
APR -    Tiny 'Imagine' Closed
MAY -    (Quietest month on record)
JUN -    NEPs Mon Cherie axed
JUL -    Play Skool opens (NEP)
AUG -    Opium Club new on The Ramp
SEP -    D.L Irish Pub (ex: Bamboo's)
OCT -    NEP 3rd Floor Opens
NOV -    Klymaxx 2 opens on Cowboy
DEC -    Chick's opens upstairs (PP1)
- 1994 -
- 1993 -
JAN -       -
FEB -       -
MAR -   Saloons - More Areas Added
APR -    Saloons -Adding "Nana"
MAY -    Red Diamond Closed
JUN -    Saloons - Tomatohead Closes
JUL -    Pretty Lady A Go Go
AUG -    Mars Party House closed
SEP -    Matterhorn & Star Pub
OCT -    Sawasdee Cocktail Lounge - New
NOV -    Thigh Bar name change
DEC -    Smile Club to open...
- 1990 -
JAN -   Buckskin Joe - Initial Survey

- 1989 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)
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